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Mart Relax Lounge Chair

c. 2003

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

Mart Relax Lounge Chair

by Antonio Citterio
for B&B Italia

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The Mart Relax Lounge chair featured here is the extra­or­di­nary result of consid­er­able research by B&B Italia with Antonio Citte­rio into the process of ther­mo­form­ing leather on a large scale which allows the thick leather to mimic the complex curves of the seat form. The Mart lounge chair is avail­able in both textile and leather versions; it is also avail­able with two styles of base – a cruci­form swivel base as well as a chic recti­lin­ear cradle frame. The latter recti­lin­ear relax frame is a wonder­ful foil to the curva­ceous form of the seat itself – in this version, the seat seem­ingly appears to float above the floor.

The Mart Relax lounge chair noted here vary slightly in measure­ments based upon the adjust­ment of the recti­lin­ear base. The base is avail­able in bright or black chromed finish as well as painted finishes of black or bronze nickel. The inter­nal seat struc­ture is fiber­glass covered with cold-formed polyurethane. Numer­ous textiles are avail­able for the fabric version – for the thick leather versions, the options are limited to six color choices.

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Antonio Citterio

Italy (1950)

Inspired by icons such as Eileen Gray, Charles and Ray Eames, and George Nelson, Italian designer Antonio Citterio has built an extremely successful career in the furniture industry. He’s known for his emphasis on craftsmanship and materiality, a combination that’s defined a longtime partnership with B&B Italia. Citterio has been responsible for designing all new collections by Maxalto since 1993. He ensures that each product, like his Dives sofa or Alcova canopy bed, clearly delineates its function and is comfortable and liveable as much as grand and luxurious.

Born in 1950 in the north Italian city of Meda, Antonio Citterio opened his first office at the age of 22. The architect and designer supposedly had decided on his career path by age 13.

Citterio went on to collaborate with Terry Dwan on architecture projects through the late 1990’s before forming a practice with Patricia Viel that’s today called Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. Their significant work includes the Technogym headquarters, Bulgari Hotels around the world, Qatar Airways lounges, the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Milan, and the B&B Italia Center for Research in Novedrate, Italy.

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